The Newcastle United Supporters Belief (NUST) have unveiled a fundraising marketing campaign designed to purchase a stake within the membership on behalf of followers from internationally.
It is not exhausting to discover a Newcastle fan who has been lower than impressed with the membership’s enterprise below present proprietor Mike Ashley, whose penchant for penny pinching and poor choices has pushed supporters to quite a few protests lately.
A typical criticism in direction of Ashley is that he doesn’t hearken to supporters and treats the membership an excessive amount of like a enterprise. So to try to repair that, NUST have put collectively the 1892 Pledge and are encouraging followers to donate with the top aim of shopping for a stake within the membership.
It is famous that the plan is to not purchase in to Ashley’s possession, which they count on to be over earlier than they attain the minimal required quantity of £3m in donations, however as an alternative to purchase a stake alongside any new proprietor to make sure they don’t discover themselves in this sort of mess once more.
NUST hope to provide followers a agency voice within the decision-making of the membership and proper among the wrongs created by the Ashley regime.
“We predict soccer followers – and Newcastle followers – do not realise how a lot energy they’ve and the way a lot affect they’ve,” former Belief chairman and initiative chief Alex Hurst informed the Newcastle Chronicle.
“We predict that when the membership is bought the fanbase wants to start out representing itself when it comes to how the membership is run. The one approach to assure that’s to personal some a part of the membership so what we’re making an attempt to do is to set the fanbase as much as genuinely signify itself at possession degree to ensure the membership is run on behalf of its supporters relatively than what we now have on the minute.
“We’re asking the followers to pledge what they will – ideally on a month-to-month foundation however one-off pledges are completely advantageous, individuals can dip out and in however the perfect factor for us is month-to-month donations. Whether or not it is a £1, a 5, a tenner, £40, we do not need individuals to provide us something they’d miss.
“That is alleged to be an inexpensive, long-term challenge. That is the important thing for us: it is long-term. It is not going to be a month, or six months or per week, it will be so long as it takes. If Ashley’s right here for an additional 5 years, we’ll do it for that lengthy.
“What we wish is for followers to pay into the Belief to provide the Belief an opportunity of shopping for a share within the membership when it will get bought or stepping in to reserve it ought to it fall by the leagues.”
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